Star studded line up for literary festival

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WHITBY book lovers can take in a star studded line-up of top writers at a big literary event in the area.

Joanna Trollope, Margaret Drabble and Michael Holroyd are among the authors booked to appear at this year’s Long Weekend, otherwise known as the Scarborough Literature Festival, which runs from April 14 to 17.

Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope

Other star names include the Guardian’s celebrated political cartoonist Steve Bell, and Simon Brett, creator of the hit radio series based on the adventures of the actor-cum-sleuth Charles Paris, played by Bill Nighy.

Derek Law, corporate director of Adult and Community Services said: “The Long Weekend goes from strength to strength, and this year’s festival promises to be the best-ever.

“The team have secured a fantastic line-up of star names for the four days of the festival. There really will be something for everyone.”

In her introduction to the festival, its patron – the award-winning author Kate Atkinson – describes the Long Weekend as one of her favourite events.

“This festival has its home in the library, and reflects the love of books and passion for reading at the heart of the community,” she said.

“In these difficult times facing libraries across the country, it is heartening to be part of a celebration of literature which brings stories to life.

“For me, too, the festival represents another perfect reason to return to Yorkshire, as if I needed one, where I spent my childhood. I love to return to Scarborough, with memories of holidays and family who lived here, and where I now bring my grandchildren.”

For the first time the festival will have a writer-in-residence – Jackie Kay, whose first novel, Trumpet, won the Guardian Fiction Prize. Jackie, who is professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University, will be running two workshops during the Long Weekend.

More information on this year’s Long Weekend can be found at